In light of the Health Officer Order from RiverStone Health limiting gatherings, the decision has been made to honor our graduates via a virtual Commencement Celebration instead of the in-person ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. Alumni who graduated in Summer and Fall of 2019 and the Spring and Summer of 2020, including Fall 2020 Graduates and their families and friends, are invited to participate.

We know this is not the optimal format in which we wish to celebrate the successes of our graduates. This is a gut-wrenching decision; however, the COVID-19 safety restrictions lead us, reluctantly, to make it. We are extremely proud of our graduates and will do everything possible within this structure to give our graduates—and their families the recognition they deserve. Details are currently being discussed and more information will be available soon.

The Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement webpage will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 through Dec. 31, 2020. Students and their loved ones will be able to view prerecorded commencement speeches on their own schedules from Chancellor Rolf Groseth, college dean's, and keynote speaker Chief Judge Sidney Thomas. Graduates will also be able to view their names scrolling on video while they're read aloud.

Graduates are encouraged to take a commencement "selfie" with or without regalia and tag @MSUB on Facebook or Instagram so we can create a commencement photo collage. 

Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the Yellowstone County Health Officer Order limiting gatherings, MSUB’s fall commencement has been moved to a virtual celebration.

Starting at 8am on Saturday, November 21, a Fall 2020 Commencement landing webpage will appear on our website. We will also email you the link to access it on that Saturday. On this landing page you will see recorded congratulatory messages from our Chancellor, keynote speaker, and student body president. There will also be a dedicated page to each our colleges, City College, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Business, and Health Professions & Science, and will be able to access your college-specific information such as student awards and messages from your college Dean. These pages will also have separate videos that read the graduate names by college and you will see your name scroll and hear it announced.

This commencement page will be live through the end of the year so you and your loved ones can access this content at your own convenience. We are also putting together a commemorative package for purchase from the campus store for those interested.

Individuals wishing to cancel orders placed via website

  • If the order has shipped to your home
    • As long as the package containing the regalia has not been opened we will refund your order (minus shipping and handling) as long as we receive it back within 60 days of shipment.  Return to:
      • Oak Hall Cap & Gown
      • 3812 Blue Ridge Drive
      • Roanoke, VA  24018
  • Credits and refunds will be processed each Saturday

Regalia questions, contact: The MSUB Campus Store 406-657-2121 or Oak Hall Customer Service 1-800-456-7623 or

After grades are due and finalized by the Registrar’s Office (anticipated December 14, 2020), we will begin posting degrees. This is not an automated process, and thus takes 6-8 weeks to finish. If you have a priority need (licensure, pending job offer) and need your degree posted as soon as possible, please email with your name, degree, and contact information. You can order official transcripts at My Student Center or through your myInfo secure area. Please note “hold for degree” if the transcript you want sent requires your degree to be posted.

Diplomas will be mailed when they arrive.  We anticipate receiving Fall 2020 diplomas by early April.

Undergraduate students whose overall GPA meets the requirements outlined in our academic policy for honors (honors, high honors, cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) will receive an email the week of November 9, 2020.

These designations will be posted to your academic transcript when your degree is awarded.

Yes. Please continue to check the Commencement website.

Spring 2020 Commencement Program

2020 Commencement Infographic